Archive for October, 2008

Lowering The Bar

Posted in 2008 Election on October 31st, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama preaches “Hope” and “Change” to the multitudes. He stands as a savior of the unwashed masses and offers gifts and glory to them – if only they will grant him their votes.  There is no denying that Sen. Obama is a brilliant orator and has the capability of capturing the dreams of many in the US – but what will he deliver on those promises?

From The Times of London (Times Online):

Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harbouring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of “hope” and “change” are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.

One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair”.

The aide said that Mr Obama himself was the first to realise that expectations risked being inflated.

Read the full Times Online Article

Sen. Obama has sown the wind with his populist approach and his inspiring but insubstantial political platform. Now it seems that he and his advisers are worried that he will reap the whirlwind of dashed hopes, despair, and the rage that will ensue from false hopes and broken promises.

H/T to The Reluctant Optimist

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Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy
The 2008 Elections
Society: The Basics (14th Edition)
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, Fourth Edition, 3-Volume Set (Facts on File Library of American History)

Spread Obama’s Wealth?

Posted in 2008 Election on October 30th, 2008

*SMIRK*


Cartoon by Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle

I just want you to be clear, Sen. Obama – it’s not that I want to punish your success – I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you – that they’ve got a chance at success too.

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We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama
Politics (Dover Thrift Editions)
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
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Don’t Judge Obama

Posted in 2008 Election on October 30th, 2008

Don’t judge Obama by his actions. Don’t judge Obama by the friends he keeps. Don’t judge Obama by his what he says. Don’t judge Obama because if you do, you’re a racist
Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

Don’t judge Obama by his actions. Don’t judge Obama by the friends he keeps. Don’t judge Obama by his what he says. Don’t judge Obama because if you do, you’re a racist.

Of course if we can’t judge him by his actions, his friends, or his words then all we would have left is his race. Nice trick that! Remove all legitimate methods of judgment and then call – or let your surrogates call – your detractors racists.

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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
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The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry